Top Texas Official Reveals a Nightmarish Threat May Be Crossing the Border
The Obama administration has come under fire for what critics believe is its lax immigration policies. This weekend, a Texas law enforcement official indicated that many of those who enter the U.S. illegally may not have the best intentions for their new home.
Steven McCraw, the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was speaking at the annual Texas Border Coalition meeting in Laredo when he was asked if he thought any ISIS members had been nabbed at the Texas-Mexico border.
“Individuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence – and the answer to that is yes.”
McCraw’s statement isn’t the first revelation that members of terror groups might be sneaking into the U.S. from Mexico. In fact, multiple sources have reported such occurrences over the past year or two:
- In late August of last year, Emad Karakrah was arrested in Chicago after leading police on a high-speed chase while waving an ISIS flag from his car. Karakrah was described as a logistics and transportation operative for militant Islamists in the U.S., as well as a “former FBI confidential informant who has gone rogue.” Karakrah was released from prison in January.
- Days after Karakrah’s arrest, it was reported that U.S. security agencies had been placed on high alert, citing an imminent terrorist threat from ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups operating in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The warning bulletin indicated that the attack would involve car bombs or similar explosive devices.
- In July, another report revealed that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling SIAs into Texas using farm roads and border region airports, including the Horizon Airport that is located just 11 miles from the Texas city of El Paso’s business district.
Additionally, in February of this year, an internal Texas DPS report leaked to the media alluded to suspected terrorists commonly being smuggled into Texas from Mexico.
The report, obtained by the Houston Chronicle, reads, in part:
“Illegal aliens from countries documented by the U.S. Department of State as having a known terrorism presence continue to be smuggled into and throughout Texas and the nation on a regular basis, and it is impossible to determine how many of these individuals have actually entered the U.S. undetected. Texas leads the nation in the apprehension of “special interest aliens” (SIA), and there is a legitimate concern that terrorists from around the world could exploit our country’s porous Southwest border to enter the U.S. undetected, if they have not done so already.”
Interestingly, Breitbart reports that the Department of Homeland Security did away with the term SIA for reasons of political correctness.